I found this Op-Ed worthwhile, so though other fatties might, too. Usually the NYTimes.com comments are pretty good, but when in comes to weight, forget it. Trolls, like all the rest. So read comments at your own risk.
Our Imaginary Weight Problem:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/opinion/our-imaginary-weight-problem.html?src=me&ref=general
"...How did we get into this absurd situation? That is a long and complex story. Over the past century, Americans have become increasingly obsessed with the supposed desirability of thinness, as thinness has become both a marker for upper-class status and a reflection of beauty ideals that bring a kind of privilege.
In addition, baselessly categorizing at least 130 million Americans — and hundreds of millions in the rest of the world — as people in need of “treatment” for their “condition” serves the economic interests of, among others, the multibillion-dollar weight-loss industry and large pharmaceutical companies, which have invested a great deal of money in winning the good will of those who will determine the regulatory fate of the next generation of diet drugs.
Anyone familiar with history will not be surprised to learn that “facts” have been enlisted before to confirm the legitimacy of a cultural obsession and to advance the economic interests of those who profit from that obsession.
Don’t expect those who have made their careers on fomenting panic to understand that our current definition of “normal weight” makes absolutely no sense."
And a link to the study that prompted the Op-Edhttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/health/study-suggests-lower-death-risk-for-the-overweight.html?src=me&ref=general